Tag Archives: Prisoners of War

December 27, 1918

Weather extremes have always been a staple of newspaper coverage, particularly over the difficult Christmas period when public holidays interrupt the usual workflow. It was no different in 1918, when a sudden snowfall fired the imagination of the editorial team … Continue reading

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December 20, 1918

In the five weeks since the Armistice, 25 of Ashbourne’s prisoners of war had returned home. The remaining 20 men were expected ‘almost any time’ the Telegraph reported. “Several of the 1914 men who have been at Soltau and Hanover … Continue reading

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December 6, 1918

One by one, Ashbourne’s prisoners of war began to return home and each was greeted with enthusiasm as they stepped off the train. “On Friday evening Pte Pegge of Clifton was met at that station where he was met by … Continue reading

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November 22, 1918

A petition from a hundred farmers in the Ashbourne district calling Saddler F Lowndes of the Royal Field Artillery to be released from military duties led local MP, Captain H Fitzherbert-Wright, to ask a question in the House of Commons. … Continue reading

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September 13, 1918

The Defence of the Realm Act, rushed into law within days of the declaration of war gave wide ranging powers to the Government, not only restricting what newspapers could report, but making it illegal to whistle for a taxi, buy … Continue reading

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August 2, 1918

As the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war approached, Ashbourne was preparing to mark the occasion. The Ashbourne Volunteers, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Guides and others were planning to assemble in the Market Place at … Continue reading

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June 21, 1918

The stoical forbearance for which Great War soldiers are noted was exemplified in a ‘field card’ written by a wounded Derbyshire soldier. “Dear Mother, Father and all. I have gone through the operation alright, and I think I have got the … Continue reading

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June 14, 1918

A soldier who enlisted in January 1915 had been seriously wounded – the fourth time he had been invalided from the trenches. Private WJ Tully of the Gordon Highlanders, who went out to France in March 1915 was reported to … Continue reading

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June 7, 1918

The Ashbourne Territorials had been on camp at Hunmanby in North Yorkshire on August  3, 1914, when “sinister reports” prompted them to break camp and head for Derbyshire. The men disembarked the train at Derby, sleeping in the Drill Hall, … Continue reading

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May 10, 1918

A remarkable first-hand account from the trenches of a Great War battle – and life as a prisoner of war – was published in the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1918. A letter from a soldier who had been part … Continue reading

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